Alvin R Bush Dam - Kettle Creek

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Alvin R Bush Dam - Kettle Creek

Pennsylvania

(570) 923-1800

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Overview

Alvin R. Bush Dam is located on Kettle Creek approximately 8.4 miles above the mouth and about 15 miles above Renovo, Pa., in Clinton County. The earth and rockfill dam has a maximum height of 165 feet above the streambed and a top length of 1,350 feet. The horseshoe-shaped tunnel is uncontrolled and located in rock adjacent to the right abutment. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 75,000 acre-feet at spillway crest, equal to 6.22 inches of runoff from the drainage area above the dam, and the pool at this elevation extends upstream for a distance approximately 8.8 miles. The permanent pool covers 160 acres and extends for 2.2 miles. The project controls a drainage area of 226 square miles or about 92 percent of Kettle Creek. The project reduces flood heights of Kettle Creek below the dam and of the West Branch below the mouth of Kettle Creek.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania coordinates operation of its George B. Stevenson Dam with Curwensville, Alvin R. Bush, and Foster Joseph Sayers Dams to secure optimum flood control benefits from this controlled systems operation. The recreational facilities are operated and maintained as Kettle Creek State Park by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Recreation facilities include a beach, boat launch, picnic areas and campgrounds.

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Latitude, Longitude: 41.371527, -77.930832

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 167-acre Kettle Creek Reservoir has a boat launch and boat mooring for 60 vessels at its northern end. An overnight mooring permit is required. Sailboards and sailboats are permitted. Overnight mooring for park campers is also available, free of charge.

    Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

  • Bicycling

    Trail biking permitted. The five-mile trail starts at the day use parking lot and travels onto state forest trails and roads before returning to the park. Trail maps are available at the park office.

  • Camping

    The park has two camping areas open from early April through deer season in December. Both campgrounds overlook the waterfront and offer scenic views and a quiet setting. A tow-behind RV is shaded by trees and near a river in the Lower Campground at Kettle Creek State Park.

    The Lower Campground has 41 sites; 36 sites with electric hookups. The Upper Campground has 27 sites; 12 sites with electric hookups. Both areas have a variety of level, sunny/shaded sites that accommodate tents or trailers. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Non-flush toilets and water spigots are nearby. Water and sewer hookups are not available. A trailer sanitary dumping station is in the Lower Campground. Pets are permitted on designated sites in Upper Campground.

  • Fishing

    The 167-acre Kettle Creek Reservoir is noted for its trout and bass fishing. Also found in the lake are brown bullhead, sucker and panfish. The Lower Campground is beside the seven-acre Kettle Creek Lake, a very popular fishing area. Kettle Creek is noted for its excellent water quality that supports a healthy aquatic population. Mine drainage limits the fishing quality below the Lower Campground.

    Many excellent native trout streams surround the park. Additional information on fishing is available at the park office.

    Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws and regulations apply in all areas. Fishing licenses are available nearby at several issuing agents.

  • Hiking

    Novice and experienced hikers will find an abundance of trails in the park area. Short day-hikes are possible on the many park trails. Backpackers can enjoy the 53-mile Donut Hole Trail with an access parking lot across from the Lower Campground. This trail connects onto several other trail systems. Trail maps are available at the park office.

  • Horseback Riding

    An equestrian trail, 22 miles in length, starts at Beaverdam Run and travels through the Sproul State Forest before returning to the trailhead. Overnight camping at the trailhead is by permit only. Contact the park office for information. Trail maps are available at the park office.

  • Hunting

    Most of the park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, grouse, squirrel, bear and turkey.

    The adjacent Sproul State Forest also permits hunting and trapping. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers lands are managed in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of State Parks and Bureau of Forestry.

    Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Com-mission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting informatio

  • Picnicking

    The picnic area is below the park office along Bearfield Run and Kettle Creek Reservoir. About 200 picnic tables with charcoal grills, hot coal disposal and water hydrants are scattered throughout this area. Sunny and shaded picnic sites are available. Restrooms are at the beach and across from the park office. Softball and volleyball areas are provided along with playground sets at several locations. Several large open fields provide excellent play areas for groups of all sizes. The Pine Grove Picnic Area is available for reservations. A large memorial picnic pavilion with electric hookup, overlooking the lake, is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • RVing

    The park has two camping areas open from early April through deer season in December. Both campgrounds overlook the waterfront and offer scenic views and a quiet setting. A tow-behind RV is shaded by trees and near a river in the Lower Campground at Kettle Creek State Park.

    The Lower Campground has 41 sites; 36 sites with electric hookups. The Upper Campground has 27 sites; 12 sites with electric hookups. Both areas have a variety of level, sunny/shaded sites that accommodate tents or trailers. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Non-flush toilets and water spigots are nearby. Water and sewer hookups are not available. A trailer sanitary dumping station is in the Lower Campground. Pets are permitted on designated sites in Upper Campground.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming permitted.

  • Winter Sports

    The park is open throughout the winter. The day use area provides access to all trails and activities. Explore the Winter Report for current snow and ice depths.

    Ice Fishing: The 167-acre Kettle Creek Reservoir is stocked with trout for the winter season.

    Snowmobiling: Snowmobiles must stay on designated trails and have a current registration. Park trails connect to many miles of trails in the surrounding Sproul State Forest.

    Cross-country Skiing: Cross-country skiing is permitted throughout the park.

    Sledding and Tobogganing: The gentle slopes below the park office make for excellent tobogganing/sledding.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round.

Directions

Driving

From Renovo, 5 mi W on PA 120 to Westport, 8 mi N on unmarked state road.

Phone Numbers

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(570) 923-1800

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